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Introduced in Senate (06/29/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1479


To amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to improve the supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 29, 2017

Mr. Thune introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to improve the supplemental agricultural disaster assistance programs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Supplemental agricultural disaster assistance.

(a) In general.—Section 1501 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (7 U.S.C. 9081) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)(1)—

(A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “2012” and inserting “2019”;

(B) in subparagraph (A), by striking “or” at the end;

(C) in subparagraph (B), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; or”; and

(D) by adding at the end the following:

“(C) disease in livestock that has been exacerbated by adverse weather described in subparagraph (B)—

“(i) subject to the condition that a licensed veterinarian shall verify that the adverse weather created conditions contributing to the livestock death; and

“(ii) without regard to any management practice, vaccination protocol, or lack of vaccination by the producer relating to the disease.”;

(2) in subsection (c)—

(A) in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking “2012” and inserting “2019”; and

(B) in paragraph (3)(D)(ii)(I)—

(i) by striking “at least 8 consecutive” and inserting the following: “not less than—

“(aa) 4 consecutive weeks during the normal grazing period for the county, as determined by the Secretary, shall be eligible to receive assistance under this paragraph in an amount equal to 1 monthly payment using the monthly payment rate determined under subparagraph (B); or

“(bb) 8 consecutive”; and

(ii) in item (bb) (as so designated), by striking “1 monthly payment” and inserting “2 monthly payments”; and

(3) in subsection (d)(1), by striking “2012” and inserting “2019”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section take effect on October 1, 2018.

SEC. 2. Eligibility of national grasslands for grazing leases and permits.

Section 402(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1752(a)) is amended by striking “lands within National Forests” and inserting “National Forest System (as defined in section 11(a) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1609(a)) land”.